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Health Literacy - A Scoping Study: Final Report



3.1 The main purpose of the study is to identify and examine current approaches to health literacy, and to identify options for potential Scottish policy responses on this topic.

3.2 The objectives of the study are to:

a. Identify and review current definitions of health literacy;
b. Examine whether and how health literacy has been measured both in the UK and elsewhere
c. Identify examples of policy and practice initiatives in health literacy which have been implemented elsewhere, together with information about the evaluation of their impact where these are available. (Note that this is not a comprehensive exercise, but an attempt to identify any 'promising interventions');
d. Map the nature and extent of relevant links between health literacy and extant and developing Scottish Government policy. (Again, this will not be comprehensive, but selective on the basis of the main findings emerging from the project);
e. Identify possible options for developing programmes, policies, and / or approaches on health literacy which merit further investigation.